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Astros fans in SA flock to stores to score World Series gear

Fans don't mind waiting in long lines for championship caps, T-shirts

SAN ANTONIO – You'll be hard-pressed to find official Houston Astros championship gear Thursday in San Antonio.
 
Academy Sports and Outdoors, which opened an hour early Thursday, sold out of gear by 9:30 a.m. at some locations, store officials said. 

Fans who waited in line and braved the morning mist as early as 5 a.m. had boundless energy outside the Academy at Loop 410 and Vance Jackson Road.

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When the doors opened at 6 a.m., fans scored shirts, hats and lanyards. Many of them said that money was no object, as they shelled out hundreds of dollars for the gear. After all, this is the first time a Texas team has won Major League Baseball's greatest prize.

"Awesome, awesome. After 48 years of being a fan, finally," Astros fan Robert Martinez said as he picked out a shirt.

Filling just three tables, store staff didn't even have a proper count of the merchandise. 

Since two days ago when the Fed Ex shipment came in, the gear has been under careful lock and key until the victor was decided.

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The World Series win is a long time coming -- 55 years to be exact -- since the Astros came into the league as the Colt .45s.

The title was also a needed cause for celebration for the city of Houston following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Clint Dillard, of Houston, was in San Antonio for work. He said his friends back home were also in line waiting to buy their championship gear.

"Got a text from my homeboy. He said he's 200 people deep, and that he's not even inside the door yet," Dillard said as he paid for a bag of shirts. "I'm going be sporting my gear, for sure. Like no worry, be on the plane loud and proud, no worries about that."

Dick's Sporting Goods at The Rim is also selling championship gear.